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At this moment Imran Khan stands at the verge of losing all his gains which he got in the past half a decade (since 30 October 2011). Why do I think that he is going to lose this battle with PMLN, will elaborate in the coming passage.

Currently Imran Khan has called for a Lock-down of Islamabad till Nawaz Sharif doesn’t present himself for accountability or resigns amidst the uproar and upheaval of Panama Paper Leaks. But did it all start only after Panama Papers were leaked? The answer is NO. Imran Khan has been on the roads since 2013 elections. In 2014 when Imran Khan was staging a sit-in in Islamabad he gave the slogan of Go-Nawaz-Go to the nation, implying that he won’t return till he has resignation of the Prime Minister in his hands. Then the sky witnessed that none of the skies fell on PMLN leadership.

Coming to the point, what is/ are the reason of Imran Khan’s failure? We will try to learn point-by-point.

  1. PMLN’s vicious media campaign against Imran Khan and using channels and newspapers constantly rant against him. Media is used, as always, to instill one thing in the minds of a common man that there is no hero or a leader. The other person is just like a common man. He is also corrupt just like other politicians and that is what PMLN has exploited insofar as Imran Khan’s so called charisma was concerned. Such aspersions as his drug taking habits etc. has done the damage.
  2. PMLN’s continuous advertisements in the Urdu and English papers about so called economic revolution despite the fact that Pakistan’s economy has been in perils since PMLN has taken over. But a common man whose biggest worry is to make both ends meet has no time to ponder on it. He sees ads, some concrete and mortar on the roads and takes such ads as truth and moves on.
  3. Extensive Social media bashing and abusing by PMLN’s social media cell which starts and ends at vituperation while maintaining constant stance that PTI people do abuses. In fact this is the culture of Punjab and other parts of the country that no one can comment on the political situation without using an abusive word. Again, the way PMLN social media cell has taken the culture of abuses to the next level while they compare N League’s thirty five years rule on sixty percent of Pakistan with PTI’s Three Years government in KPK is something really substantial. A common man using Twitter and Facebook considers blatant lies and rants of PMLN’s social media cell as a source of enjoyment and even those decisions taken by PTI in good faith are made a joke on such forums.
  4. Corruption is a culture in Pakistan and when PTI talks about ending corruption and starting a campaign against such evils, there starts a comparison by renowned journalists (while they pose to maintain their neutrality) with PTI’s government and it is proved that PTI is as much as corrupt as any other party.
  5. PTI has been emanated as the biggest right wing party in Pakistan. It is such decisions as sending the Women Protection Bill to Council of Islamic Ideology, giving aid to those denominational institutions which are considered as nurseries of Taliban had a backlash from progressive communities of the country. Imran Khan still maintains that Taliban fighting against Afghan Government are freedom fighters and suicide attacks are a reaction to the drone attacks etc. This kind of attitude has made the people of liberal approach keep a safe distance from PTI. Although PMLN is also a right wing party but the PTI is more at receiving end of insinuation since it was considered a party with liberal approach. Furthermore, when people like Orya Maqbool Jan are seen toeing the PTI’s line and inciting the people towards defiance and violence against police, people usually distant themselves from such activities.
  6. Imran Khan is short of vocabulary and thoughts. People are fed-up of his same speech (read: rhetoric).
  7. As claimed before elections, PTI has remained unable to do wonders in terms of development although the foundation stones of police reforms and law making has been setup will have long lasting effect but, I repeat, people want to see some red color busses, concrete and roads.
  8. There is a strong perception built among a common man that behind PTI there is establishment, which is taken as matter of abhorrence by intelligentsia.
  9. It seems that Imran khan has been unable to read through the geopolitical situation of Pakistan where Pakistan has been made to stand in the court to answer about anything and everything. Imran Khan also seems totally indifferent to the Kashmir cause, Indian atrocities and he has no idea that because of him Pakistan has been lagging behind lobbying at an international forum. He has just one point agenda to get rid of Nawaz Sharif on the roads because he is corrupt. He also knows, since Nawaz Sharif has strong hold in whole Punjab it is near to impossible to defeat him in elections.
  10. Last but not least, this time Imran Khan has made a big mistake by announcing locking down the capital which is never accepted by any state and establishment. Courtesy his antagonistic approaches, his journey from a real political leader to a demagogue has been cut short. Still one can hope that he succeeds in this fight against corruption.

One can write infinite reason as to why Imran Khan’s whole agitation against drone attacks till election rigging and till corruption of Nawaz Sharif is a failure but the main reason still holds good that Pakistani nation (mostly Punjab) don’t do agitation against oppressors. This is their history. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto once said that if any harm is done to him Himalayas will cry. Rest is history.

 

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30 September 2015. By Staff Reporter:

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United Nations: Nawaz Sharif during his speech in the United Nations General Assembly has vowed for a permanent seat at UNSC. Pakistan has already gained the overwhelming support from member countries already through her continuous and intense diplomatic efforts. The supporting countries included existing five permanent members.
Prime Ministers’ Speech to the assembly involved around the efforts of Pakistan to bring about the peace in the world, contribution towards achieving Human Rights goals, boosting economy, elevation of poverty and assistance paid to the neighboring countries from financial aspect. He made a solid ground regarding his plea for permanent seat. He accentuated the below major points in this regard;
“It is obvious today to the world as to why Pakistan deserves the permanent seat in UN Security Council. The world enjoys peace because of efforts of the Pakistan for bridging the gap between different civilizations, sects and religions. The once down trodden and dilapidated Afghanistan now enjoys peace is because of Pakistan who has helped Afghan people and military curb terrorism”, he proudly said.
Emphasizing on the economy and science and technology, insofar as Pakistan is concerned, he told the world, “The people of Pakistan have the largest per capita income in the world. In last five years the most research papers were published from Pakistan. In the field of space, robotics, medicine, medical sciences, agriculture sciences Pakistan has been extending the helping hand not only to its neighbors but to whole Africa and south America. Pakistan has been ranked as one of the top ranked country in export of doctors and technical staff. Pakistan has been launching the satellites for education purpose and for improving communication in the age of information not only for Pakistan but for other countries as well and has achieved numerous goals including harvesting the energy from space. There is still a lot to be done and achieve, however”.

Prime Minister also emphasized on the importance of the peace in the world. He impressed upon the world to take necessary measures as necessary to bring about peace in their countries. He said that the charity of the peace must begin at home. “Pakistan cities are amongst the top peaceful cities in the world” he mentioned providing reference to a latest survey in this regard. He also mentioned how Pakistan was striving to achieve the human rights goals. “We are striving to achieve gender equality, though Pakistan is inherently a tribal culture and patriarchal society we have achieved a lot in this regard. In Pakistan there is no minority based on ethnicity, language, race, creed or religion. In front of state all citizens are equal and Pakistani. This is what our founding father, Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah taught us during is 11th August 1947’s speech”.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was given loud applause and the assembly went on to cheer for Pakistan for long when Prime Minister alluded to the succor provided to poor countries. “We have helped and are helping various countries set up their police systems, military, schools and colleges. Pakistan based multinational companies are doing the business from gold and copper mining and oil exploration and refining to building roads in almost all countries of the world. Some of those companies have the highest number of the employees. The Pakistan Fund for Education is renowned globally and is providing free education to the needy around the globe. The Pakistan Health Foundation is just a phone call away from anyone, since it has its presence around the globe”.

PM took this opportunity to stress on the climate change and preserving natural environment. “Today Pakistan maintains almost 25% of the forest in the country and such laws have been enacted which prevent not only cutting of the trees but also using the forest land for construction or housing purpose. Pakistan has one of the strictest environment policy”.

Nawaz Shraif iterated the fact as to how State of Pakistan resolved the Kashmir issue without indulging into any fight with India, who provoked many a times for a war, by just diplomacy and talks.

When concluding the speech he asked general assembly that it was the high time that Pakistan shall be given a permanent seat in security council in order to play a bigger role in the world politics and stabilizing the global peace.
It should be noted that Nawaz Sharif remained the focal point of the global media and his speech was broadcasted live on leading news channels with special discussion session on his speech. Nawaz Sharif’s such demand is being lauded all over the world and Pakistan is likely to become the permanent member of the UNSC in near future.

 

Note: This is a satire. I wish the above was true.

Now a days there is a lot of hue and cry is going on about China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and its future prospects termed as Game Changer in the world and making Pakistan an Asian Tiger. We are used to the term Asian Tiger now whenever, Nawaz Sharif, happens to be in power raises this slogan. Let’s leave it on the history and historians if Pakistan became and Asian Tiger or not in all those years of PMLN regime and focus on as to what does this “game changer” means.

Let’s discuss some key points which may be considered as Game Changer in the region:

  1. Changing the Fate of Kashmir?

The Economic Corridor will start from Chinese province Xingiang and enter Gilgit Baltistan. Here India comes into the scenario. India declares this territory of Gilgit Baltistan as hers and claims that it is Pakistan Occupied Kashmir which must be liberated and made part of (Indian Occupied) Jammu and Kashmir. Owing to this, new Delhi has taken an exception to this project and reportedly Indian Prime Minister termed this project as “un-acceptable” during his meeting with Chinese President.

Here, I see a silver lining in the dark clouds. As it is being reported that the project of economic corridor is of a strategic importance for China, we may see China playing its role in bringing both the countries to the negotiating table to find an amicable solution or dismemberment of this territory. Since, without resolving this issue the dream of CPEC may not be fulfilled in its true spirit. We will have to wait and see what kind of “game changing” solution is in the pipeline in this regard.

  1. Pakistan-Afghan Relations

Here is another game changing scenario which CPEC may yield for the betterment of Pak-Afghan war trodden people. Pakistan may be now looking towards better relation with Afghanistan shunning its policy of ‘strategic depth’. Similarly Afghanistan may have understood that having good relations with neighbor are more important than neighbor of the neighbor. Since the economic corridor is mainly meant to transport goods from China via the shortest route and import oil from (e.g.,) gulf in a similar manner the safety of this rout is of utmost importance to her. Pakistan has already announced the deployment of a dedicated army unit for the safety of economic corridor but it is not possible without eradicating the so called ‘safe heavens’ for terrorists on both sides of the Durand Line so as to ensure safety of the transport link as it passes through KPK and Northern Areas. In this scenario China will play a vital role in bringing about peace in the region and fighting the common enemy of terrorism also when China is investing in Afghanistan as well and the proposed corridor is likely to be utilized for Afghanistan Transit Trade as well.

  1. Progress in Local Manufacturing Sector

Due to load shedding and law and order situation (being main reasons) Pakistan’s Local Manufacturing Industry has been either on a spree of either shutting down or shifting to other countries like Bangladesh. Now there is a hope that our local industry may flourish since Government has announced the provision of Industrial Parks along the economic corridor. One may hope that Pakistan is not made the dumping ground of cheap Chinese products and focus is given on the local production to make most of the corridor to transport the material for export etc. If this happens it will be game changer for Pakistan in a positive manner otherwise. It will also prove to be a game changer for Pakistan if the local industry dies due to Chinese products ‘invasion’ in a negative manner. In this scenario, Pakistan will only act as a ‘post office’ or ‘Cargo’ company it is fate will be consumer market only!

  1. Are we being prepared for another adventure?

When the trumpeters of the Economic Corridor in Pakistan term this project as a game changer, one who is aware of the history of the territories comprising today’s Pakistan, gets scared. It has been around 30 years that Pakistan is in the state of the war. The generation born in early 80s have not seen this country in peace, ever. First we were fighting against communism in the name of Jihad and created thieves to counter thieves. One may be scared that in the war of communism and capitalism, now it might be the turn of communism to use the cheap labor of this region to fight a Holy War against capitalism. China’s one party system is like an inchoate religion. If it happens it will be the game changer in a theocratic society of Pakistan. State has already kept mute regarding persecution of Uygur Muslims by China and so are our religious parties.

The above is just a small activity to find out as to what is meant by ‘Game Changer’. Is there something concrete behind this slogan or it is just a hollow slogan, like we have been listening to since decades. Nevertheless, this project is epoch making and whole nation hopes that it augurs well. What country needs now is not a political leader but a statesman who could foresee at-least 100 years ahead from now and takes decisions as such.

 

Mursalan Haider

(03-06-15)

Twitter: @mursalan

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آج پاکستان کے سب سے بڑے مسائل میں سیکیورٹی کی صورتحال، دفاعی بجٹ میں اضافہ اور بیرون ملک قرضے ہیں۔ تاریخ پر ایک نظر ہمیں بتاتی ہے کہ پاکستان ان مسائل میں ابھی سے نہیں گھرا۔ یہ چند مسائل پاکستان بننے کے ساتھ ہی وجود میں آگئے تھے۔جب پاکستان بنا تو روز مرہ کے کام چلانے کے لیئے قائد اعظم نے بزات خود حیدر آباد کی ریاست سے دس لاکھ روپے کا قرضہ لیا اور ساتھ ہی ساتھ اپنے لیئے امریکہ سے گاڑی اور ایک ذاتی جہاز کا ارڈر بھی دیا۔پاکستان کے پہلے بجٹ میں دفاع کے لیئے ایک خطیر رقم جو کہ 8۔27 ملین پاونڈ کے قریب تھی، مختص کی گئی جب کہ ٹوٹل بجٹ تقریبا 4۔39 ملین پاونڈ کے قریب تھا۔ جہاں تک سیکیورٹی کا تعلق ہے تو یہ مسائل تو شروع سے ہی پاکستان کے ساتھ تھے۔قائد اعظم کی ذاتی فوج قرار دیے جانے والی لیگ نیشنل آرمی کی بات ہونا، قرارداد پاکستان کے موقع پر مسلم لیگ کے عسکری ونگ کے اہلکاروں کا ننگی تلواروں کے ساتھ سٹیج پر موجود ہونا یا کراچی میں قائد اعظم اور ماونٹ بیٹن کو عوام کے درمیان جاتے ہوئے جان کا خطرہ محسوس ہونا، خاکسار تحریک اور لیگی کارکنوں کے درمیان خونی لڑایئاں یعنی مسلمان کا مسلمان کے خلاف بندوق اٹھانا، اور قائداؑعظم پر قاتلانہ حملے یہی بتاتے ہیں کہ سیکیورٹی کے مسائل پاکستان کے ساتھ ہی پیدا ہو گئے تھے۔ شائد یہ باقی ملکوں کے ساتھ بھی ہو مگر مسئلہ یہ ہے کہ باقی ممالک کے لیڈران نے ان پر قابو پالیا۔۔ ہم ابھی تک انہی مسائل میں الجھے ہوئے ہیں۔ ایک اور پات یہ کہ یہ بات بڑے تواتر کے ساتھ کی جاتی ہے کہ باقی ملکوں میں چائے بیچنے والے تک وزیر اعظم بن گئے اور پاکستان میں یہ نہ ہو سکا۔۔۔ تاریخ بہت ظالم ہے۔۔ یہ تاریخ ہمیں بتاتی ہے کہ پاکستان بنانے والے سبہ لوگ سرمایہ دار اور لینڈ لارڈ ٹائپ لوگ تھے۔۔ 1937 میں ہی کانگریس نے جاگیر داری نظام لپیٹنے کا آغاز کر دیا تھا جب کہ آج سات دہایئاں گذرنے کے نعد بھی پاکستان جاگیر داری نظام سے چھٹکارا حاصل نہیں کر سکا۔۔ آج اگر بھارت میں ایک چائے بیچنے والے کا بیٹا وزیراؑعظم بنا ہے تو یہ راتوں رات نہیں ہوا ۔۔۔ پاکستان ابھی اس مرحلے سے کم از کم سو سال دور لگتا ہے۔۔ ہمارا ایک یہ بھی مسئلہ ہے کہ سارے ملک کی پولیس سیاسی ہو چکی ہے۔ ہم ماڈل ٹاوں کے سانحے کو روتے ہیں تو میں سن سنتالیس میں خضر حیات ٹوانہ صاحب کے پولیس کو حکم کہ ‘لیگی کارکنوں پر چڑھ دوڑو’ کو کس دیوار پر ماروں۔۔ یہ تو صرف ایک ایسی مثال ہے۔۔ ہم اس بات کا ذکر کرتے بھی نہیں تھکتے کہ ہمارے سیاسی قائدین ناپختہ ہیں اور ہڑتالوں اور ملک اور شہر بند کرنے کی دھمکیاں دیتے رہتے ہیں تو میں مسلم لیگ کے ‘راست اقدام’ جس میں ہزاروں لوگوں کی جان گئی کو کس قالین کے نیچے دبا دوں۔۔ آج ہم روتے ہیں کہ فوج سیاسی قیادت کی بات نہیں سنتی۔۔ جب قائداعظم نے 1948 میں پہلے جنرل کو کشمیر کا دفاع کرنے کا حکم دیا تو اس نے انکار کر دیا۔۔ اس بات کا بھی ہمیں بڑا دکھ ہے کہ قبائل نے ہتھیار اپنے ہاتھ میں لے لیئے ہیں اور ریاست کے خلاف کھڑے ہو گئے ہیں تو یہ کام تو قائد اعظم کے زمانے میں ہی شروع ہو گیا تھا جب فوج کی گاڑیوں میں قبائل کو بھر بھر کے کشمیر کی جنگ میں جھونکا گیا۔۔ کہاں تک سنو گے خہاں تک سنایئں کے مصداق آج پاکستان کے ہر مسئلے کا سرا سو سال پہلے والے حالات سے اتنی ہی مماثلت رکھتا ہے جیسا کہ یہ اسی دور میں وقوع پزیر ہو رہے ہوں اور یہ ہمارے سماجی رویوں سے لیکر سیاسی پختگی تک ویسے کے ویسے ہیں۔ کہنے کا مقصد یہ ہے آج ہم جن مسائل میں گھرے ہوئے ہیں وہ پاکستان کی گھٹی میں پڑے ہوئےہیں۔ ہم اور ہماری سیاسی سوچ آج بھی وہیں پر ہے جہاں پر آج سے سو سال پہلے تھی بلکہ اس سے بھی بدتر۔۔ وہی کرپشن کی داستانیں، وہی لوٹ مار، وہی فوج کے ساتھ تعلقات، اسی طرح کے بلکہ اس سے بد تر سیکیورٹی کے مسائل۔۔۔ الا ہٰذالقیاس۔۔